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Michael Baumgartner

University of Bergen
Department of Philosophy
Postboks 7805
5020 Bergen

Tel: +47 55 588 960
Fax: +47 55 589 651
Email: michael.baumgartner@uib.no

I am a full professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Bergen. My PhD is from the University of Bern (2005). I work on questions in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of logic, in particular, on causation, mechanistic constitution, and logical formalization. My publications include an introduction to the philosophy of causation entitled "Kausalitaet und kausales Schliessen" (2004) and numerous papers on causation, causal reasoning, regularity theories, interventionism, mechanistic constitution, non-reductive physicalism, epiphenomenalism, determinism, logical formalization, argument reconstruction/evaluation, modeling in the social sciences, QCA, and the slingshot argument.

1) Recently, the COMPASSS network openly called on journal editors to ignore certain reviewer recommendations. I decidedly disagree with that call and, hence, co-authored a reply to it with Alrik Thiem. As COMPASSS has the self-proclaimed goal of being "a place of dialogue and fruitful confrontation", we asked the network to post our reply. For the time being, our reply can be found here. Dimiter Toshkov also addressed this issue in his blog.

2) Version 2.0.0 of the cna R-package is now available on CRAN: https://cran.r-project.org/package=cna
While previous versions have only been capable of processing dichotomous variables, version 2.0.0 generalizes cna for multi-value and continuous variables whose values are interpreted as membership scores in fuzzy sets. A manuscript explaining the details of the new CNA algorithm can be found here.

3) From September 25-29, 2017, Alrik Thiem and I will offer an intensive one-week introduction to causal modeling with QCA and CNA at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis. For more information and registration click here.